A Case Of The Mystifyingly Deemphasised Moor

In my first experience with Shakespeare Demystified (SD), I walked away from Othello feeling like a contact lens was missing. A new friend texts me. He’s an American educator, visibly black. He lives in Ipoh and commutes to KL. His text: “Ever since I arrived, I’ve noticed how socially dysfunctional Malaysians can be about race.”…

A Jewish monk, a Christian sage, & the first Muslim wife

Currently reading a history of women in early Islam called Unveiling The Ideal, by Shayan Afzal Khan. It’s a great read, although my friend Nine mentioned how bored she was of the “unveiling” trope to title anything to do with Islam and women (is it the only trope we got?). The preface alone discusses how…

Ilsa Lund vs. Rick Blaine, 1942

Maybe it is easier to believe in Paris, that everything ends in Paris. And that ‘they‘ would never come up again, let alone years later in a desert. And of course (since it’s a film?) that’s just what happens, surrounded by people and formalities. She makes sure he bumps into ‘their’ song, maybe just to…